NEW BOOKS

WHY WALK WHEN YOU CAN FLY? Soar Beyond Your Fears and Love Yourself & Others Unconditionally, by Isha (New World Library), 149 pages, $14.95Why Walk When You Can Fly? is a simple "how to" guide for the expansion of consciousness that teaches the reader how to love themselves unconditionally, says Isha, author and keynote speaker at Edge Life Expo 2008 [1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, Minneapolis Convention Center, $15 advance]. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the Isha System, which is built around four "facets" – simple, powerful statements of truth that expand consciousness.

ILLUMINATING THE AFTERLIFE: Your Soul’s Journey Through the Worlds Beyond, by Cyndi Dale (Sounds True), 313 pages, $21.95 – This renowned author presents a compelling investigation of the soul’s journey – an evolutionary cycle of birth, death and rebirth that we travel as we ascend through the spiritual "Planes of Light." Consider: Is there a Heaven or Hell? What 12 Planes of Light mark each step in the soul’s evolution? How do your body’s 12 chakras connect you in this lifetime to each Plane of Light? Understand entities such as angels, spirit guides, ghosts and demons. "I have learned that we have nothing to fear from death," the author says.

LOOK FOR THE GOOD AND YOU’ll FIND GOD: The Spiritual Journey of a Leading Psychic and Healer, by Echo Bodine (New World Library), 192 pages, $14.95 – For the first time in her 30 years as a psychic, healer and ghostbuster, Echo Bodine shares her personal story. She reflects on experiences along her journey and details how, along the way, she continued to deepen her relationship with and trust in God. Each chapter also includes exercises and suggestions for readers to build their own psychic awareness and spiritual connection. Look for the Good and You’ll Find God offers an uplifting and heartwarming example of just how miraculous life can be when we learn to trust our inner wisdom and let God lead.

CONTACT: INTERSTELLAR DIALOGUES, by Judy & Peter Dix (interstellardialogues.com), 237 pages, $15.99 – For six years, Judy and Peter Dix received more than 600 channeled messages on tape. They never expected to ever write a book. Judy, a retired elementary school teacher, and Peter, a retired wildlife biologist, shared a curiosity about metaphysics, and it led them to present information from a higher plane, from the "Unseen Ones." Contact compiles a selection of their channeling sessions with a variety of spiritual leaders: Native American holy men; Jesus (Yeshua); beings from the Pleiades; and Shamus the fairy and his band of Little People.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW: The Autobiography of a Chinese Buddhist Monk (Doubleday), by Shen-Yen, 210 pages, $24.95 – Born in 1930 near Shanghai, Buddhist Master Sheng-Yen’s life story parallels many of the important events of Chinese history from the past century and culminates with the growing influence of Buddhism in the U.S. Having fewer attachments, maintaining a positive world view and understanding the basic goodness (and ignorance) of humanity are just a handful of the simple, yet profound teachings included in this book, which is abundant with lessons for a life well lived.

NEW MUSIC

EARTH GIFT, by Kevin Locke Tokaheya Inajin (Ixtlan Recording Consortium), $22.99, info at www.kevinlocke.com – Earth Gift, a blend of traditional Native American flute by Kevin Locke and a menagerie of forgotten Americana by producer and soundsmith Tom Wasinger, might answer the question for some: What if the film Oh Brother Where Art Thou included Native American sounds? Little-known, evocative instruments like the marxophone (a hammered zither) and nail violin team up with the buffalo and muskrat of Lakota folklore, sparking a new way of hearing Native American music and a new way of understanding North America’s contribution to world culture.

NEW PRODUCTS

THE COMPLETE VISION BOARD KIT™: Using the Power of Intention and Visualization to Achieve Your Dreams, by John Assaraf (Beyond Words), $24, www.beyondword.com – As featured in The Secret, John Assaraf’s Vision Board includes a 128-page book and 45-minute DVD to assist readers in giving direct instructions to the universe as to what they want. A vision board is your dreams in pictures. The vision board is a pictorial representation of what you would like to have, be or do in your life. Creating a vision board is a starting point to determine what your goals are – and those thoughts create action. "Get out of your comfort zone [and] change your life," Assaraf instructs. The question isn’t whether you have goals, he says, but what you are doing to achieve your biggest, most audacious ones.

NEW FILM

ALL IS MADE BEAUTIFUL: Native American Traditions with Warrior Woman Oh Shinnah Fast Wolf, by Bettina M. Gordon (Valley Entertainment), 65 minutes, $17.99 through Amazon.com – In this entertaining and educating DVD, Oh Shinnah, of Apache and Mohawk descent, demonstrates powerful and yet easy-to-follow practices such as smudging, feathering and food blessing in the ancient tradition of her people. These traditions can easily be practiced to: reduce stress and anxiety in your life; center yourself and connect to those around you; and take charge and protect this planet for many generations to come. All is Made Beautiful also features nuclear scientist and astrophysicist Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher, who validates multiple Native traditions from the scientific point of view. Oh Shinnah holds five graduate degrees and won the Helen Caldecott Humanitarian Award for Women.

Submit new items for What’s New: Edge Life, P.O. Box 25543, Woodbury, MN 55125. Call 763.433.9321.

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